ProductTank Sydney: The Future of Product Management

What does the future hold for Product Management? Are we simply blessed with having instant access to even more and better data, or will we need to up-skill to stay relevant?

Join us to hear from 2 fantastic speakers and discuss:

======= Talk #1: The Future of Product Management =======

Speaker: Mandar Karlekar – Product Management Consultant at Thiga Australia

Thiga is an international Training & Consulting firm dedicated to Product Management. We believe meaningful products come from from a user-centric approach, a deep understanding of the business challenges and sound technical understanding.

Mandar started his career in Customer Service and over a decade has spanned from SQL & .Net Developer to Business Analyst, Product Consultant, Product Owner and finally Product Management.

He has worked with a number of companies over the years including E*TRADE/ANZ, Amadeus, SiteMinder and as a consultant worked with a number of clients such as HCF, Amaysim, Secure Code Warrior and

Mandar will give us his thoughts on the Future of Product Management.

======= Talk #2: The Product Health Dashboard every PM needs =======

Speaker: Hemanth Venugopal – Senior Product Owner at Arq

One of the key responsibilities for product leaders is to set up and track a comprehensive set of metrics that provide a holistic view of the product performance. The magic lies in agreeing on meaningful metric definitions with the stakeholders, identifying reliable sources of data and establishing the right level of detail in reporting. If done right, metric tracking can allow for constructive discussions within the team to guide product improvements.

In this talk, Hem shares how building a ‘Product Health Dashboard’ turned product metric discussions in his team from stressful & chaotic to productive & actionable.


Hem Venugopal is currently a Product Owner at Arq Group, where he builds digital products for enterprises. Prior to joining Arq Group, Hem co-founded one of the pioneering fashion aggregator start-ups in India that was acquired by SK Group, a Fortune 100 company. Overall, he has over 10 years of customer-centric product management experience across different industries including e-commerce, travel, finance, telecom and logistics.

========== Agenda ==========

5.30 PM: Arrive and Networking
6.00 PM: Talks start
7.30 PM: More Drinks and Networking
8.00 PM: Doors close.

========== Thank you to our sponsors ==========

Also, Optimizely is pleased to support ProductTank and the passionate people at the forefront of product management, development, UI/UX, data-led models and evidence-based metrics. Optimizely enables product and marketing professionals to accelerate innovation, lower the risk of new features, and drive up the return on investment from digital by up to 10X.

Optimizely is a world leader in digital experience optimisation with an impressive customer list including eBay, FOX, IBM, The New York Times and many more global enterprises. To learn more, get in touch with the Australian Optimizely team on +61 (02)[masked] or visit

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